Thursday – April 3, 2014

Matthew 9:27-34

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” 28 When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you.” 30 And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly ordered them, “See that no one knows of this.” 31 But they went away and spread the news about him throughout that district.

Reading this story from the Gospel, I have to admit that are times when Jesus’ healing power would really come in handy, right here in our lives!  

Right now I am recovering from surgery to reconstruct my shattered elbow, and doing additional physical therapy on my broken shoulder, and there are times when I find myself wishing that Jesus could come and miraculously heal me…I mean, I have faith too!!!

However, instead of a divine miracle I have to rely upon a highly trained Orthopedic Surgeon and Physical Therapists to help me get better; but this is how life is, and I am grateful for their skills!

While raising my daughter there have also been times when a miracle cure would have been helpful!  I am embarrassed to say that there were mornings when she woke up sick with a Cold or belly ache and I felt more annoyed than worried…because her illness meant I would have to miss work in order to care for her or take her to the doctor!  Of course now that she is almost 20 and usually out and about, I find myself missing those times that we spent together quietly playing or watching a movie while sitting on the sofa together…that was much better than going to work, and as much as it helped her feel better, it helped me to heal also, but forcing me to slow-down and de-stress for a day or two!

Healing can come in many forms: from the skills of a doctor or other professional, a time of quiet togetherness on a sofa.  The support of someone we feel close to, watching the fish jump at a calm lake in the summertime, or time spent in prayer and worship can all be healing.  In all these ways we can find hope, comfort and rest…and a connection with those we care for, as well as with God.  For when it all boils down to it…no matter what is ailing us we can find healing in our faith in God’s love for us, and when we share that faith with each other: our children, our family, friends, and even strangers.

I am not trying to say that this faith in the healing power of God’s love is a miracle cure for disease or injuries (we still need doctors and medicines for this), and it does not ensure that “…everything will be alright…” but when we share this faith with each other it can give us comfort in the midst of a trying time, and this can give us the hope that no matter what happens we will always be surrounded by God’s grace…and in this shared hope there is healing, and in this is a cause for celebration, for we are sharing in the great good news that God truly loves us, just as we are and right where we are!

When God’s love shared in the midst of our busy everyday lives with our children, whether it is while dealing with things like illness, schoolwork, teenaged drama, work stress, or a messy house that we don’t have the time or energy to clean, it can cause us to pause to appreciate the gift of living in the light of the risen Christ, who promises us new life and new hope.  It is this light that can remind us what a gift it is to have our children close to us, to share our faith and our lives with them, and with those we care about, and who care about us!

Let us Pray:

God, thank you for your healing love in our lives!  Please help us to have the faith to see the grace that surrounds us, and to share that faith as we support each other on the journey of our lives.  Let us also share this faith with our children, and to never get so busy or so stressed that we forget how we are blessed by their presence in our lives, or to rejoice that we have been given the privilege of being single parents.  Thank you for putting people in our lives that can share our faith, and give us hope, whether it is in the midst of an ordinary day, or a time of illness and worry.

Amen
 

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